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April 9, 2014 | 12:50pm ET
Could the Predators trade Weber?
TheFourthPeriod.com

With the season winding down and playoffs no longer in their grasp, the Nashville Predators will be shifting their focus towards retooling their roster for next season.

With just four restricted free agents and two unrestricted free agents on the main roster, Predators GM David Poile will be more concerned with adding new pieces this su

Having given up 34 more goals than they scored this season, an area the team has been looking to address for some time -- scoring -- could be a focal point this off-season.

Despite having four players with 20 or more goals on the season, the Predators will be looking to add a more dynamic goal-scorer, which may not come via free agency.

Poile may be more interested in pursuing the trade route, as it gives the team more options to choose from.

The Predators have pieces they're willing to trade, having dangled the likes of center Colin Wilson and defenseman Ryan Ellis earlier in the season.

However, Poile could pull the trigger on a monstrous blockbuster if he decides to move captain Shea Weber.

Multiple league sources have told TFP that Predators ownership is concerned with the bonus payments structured in Weber's contract, a deal he originally signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a restricted free agent that was matched by Nashville.

Weber is due $13 million July 1 with the balance the remaining $1 million owed to him spread out over the course of the season.

This trend continues in 2015-16, and for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, he'll be due $8 million right off the bat, with $4 million spread out over the season. His salary then dips from there until his contract expires after the 2025-26 campaign.

If the Predators decide to field offers for Weber, it is believed that they would demand a first-line goal-scorer and top-pairing defenseman as part of a package for him.

Poile could explore the market leading up to the June 27-28 NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

While a trade is not presently in the plans, it could be something the team explores if ownership insists.


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